Upstarts and Rabblerousers: Stories of Suffrage and the Women who Claimed It

Thursday, May 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
Free with Museum Admission

In 1840 Elizabeth Neal and her fellow abolitionists Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Lloyd Garrison, and Wendell Philips travelled to the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in London and caused a ruckus when they were told women were not allowed to participate as delegates. Neal would go on to marry newspaper editor and Underground Railroad operative Sidney Howard Gay, move to Staten Island, and give birth to Mary Otis Gay. By the turn of the 20th century Mary would become a leader in the fight for Woman Suffrage on Staten Island. In celebration of the New York Woman Suffrage Centennial (1917-2017), this program introduces visitors to the valiant efforts of Mary Otis Gay Willcox and the Staten Island Suffragists and features Willcox’s granddaughter Otis Kidwell Burger, a writer and poet, who will speak about the influence of the pioneering women in her family on her own life.